The State Museum of Pennsylvania

The State Museum of Pennsylvania We are The State Museum of Pennsylvania history, science and art. Originally located next to the Capitol, the museum moved to its current location in 1964.
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Since its creation in 1905, The State Museum of Pennsylvania has collected, preserved, researched, and interpreted the cultural and natural history of the state. It became a bureau of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in 1945.

What is an ice volcano? Want to find out?Join us for a virtual Learn at Lunchtime program on Friday, December 15 at 12:1...
12/05/2023

What is an ice volcano? Want to find out?

Join us for a virtual Learn at Lunchtime program on Friday, December 15 at 12:15 PM as Adam Ianno, geochemist for the Pennsylvania Geological Survey and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, takes us on a photographic tour of Presque Isle State Park to view “ice volcanoes.” These delicate, ice and sediment features resemble both basaltic spatter cone volcanoes and sand dunes. Learn how and where these unique and temporary features form.

Register for this free, virtual program. ➡https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_22tcduV-QKeOIHYw_KtmRg #/registration

Add a visit to The State Museum of Pennsylvania to your holiday plans! We have a few special happenings in December incl...
12/05/2023

Add a visit to The State Museum of Pennsylvania to your holiday plans! We have a few special happenings in December including a holiday planetarium show, museum store sale days, and our annual Noon Year's Celebration, a family-friendly way to ring in the new year.

Find out more ➡ statemuseumpa.org/holidayprograms2023

For a full listing of all available programs visit ➡ www.statemuseumpa.org/events

Experience a live chat in the Planetarium on Wednesday, December 6 at 2:00 PM an explore what you can see in the sky. Le...
12/05/2023

Experience a live chat in the Planetarium on Wednesday, December 6 at 2:00 PM an explore what you can see in the sky. Learn about the basic motions of the sky, visible constellations and planets, and any special celestial events that are coming up.

For ticket pricing and details visit ➡

Inspiration for art can come from many places, including from a thermometer on a broken-down building. Hear what inspire...
12/04/2023

Inspiration for art can come from many places, including from a thermometer on a broken-down building. Hear what inspired artist Dean Pappas to create his artwork "First Against Thirst" ➡ https://youtu.be/BUoC8PZTAAk

View the “Art of the State 2023” exhibition through Sunday, January 7, 2024.

Listen to a brief interview of artist Dean Pappas finalist Art of the State 2023, Lansdowne, PA, "First Against Thirst," watercolor on paper.Interview was re...

We have some last-minute openings for the Homeschool Art program on Wednesday, December 6 at 10:00 AM. Explore objects f...
12/04/2023

We have some last-minute openings for the Homeschool Art program on Wednesday, December 6 at 10:00 AM. Explore objects from "Art of the State 2023"and the museum's collections. Learn more about the containers created to store keepsakes, how they have changed over time and what those objects tell about the owner. Then make your own container that reflects you to store your keepsakes!

Registration required. Find out more and sign up ➡https://statemuseumpa.org/event/homeschool-art/

$5 per participant for State Museum Affiliate Members per program
$10 per participant for non-Members per program

No cookie is the same. The chocolate chip cookie recipe that your family makes, may taste completely different than that...
12/04/2023

No cookie is the same. The chocolate chip cookie recipe that your family makes, may taste completely different than that of your neighbor's favorite recipe. Or perhaps you prefer to make pressed cookies shaped like stars or trees. No matter whether they are homemade or store bought, take a bite out of your favorite today.

View cookie related artifacts in the museum's online collection ➡ https://bit.ly/49ZHNL9

How did Native Americans express individuality? One way was through decorating clothing, hair, and body with beads. Thes...
12/03/2023

How did Native Americans express individuality? One way was through decorating clothing, hair, and body with beads. These native-made copper beads were recovered from the Memorial Park site (36CU194) in Lemoyne, Cumberland County. This palisaded Susquehannock site dates to between 1575 and 1625 A.D. and yielded nuts and seeds - including corn, beans, squash, and hickory – clay pots, bone tools, and beads from garbage pit features.

Some beads recovered from the site were formed by Native Americans from metal objects, such as copper and brass kettles, that were traded to them by the Europeans. Strips cut from kettles were shaped into beads, tinkling cones, jewelry, and other objects for use by Native Americans.

View artifacts from the site on display at the Lemoyne Borough Building in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. Learn more about this and other sites in Cumberland County ➡https://twipa.blogspot.com/search?q=lemoyne

We are counting down the days until the Noon Year's Celebration! Join us on Saturday, December 30 from 10:00 AM to 12:30...
12/02/2023

We are counting down the days until the Noon Year's Celebration! Join us on Saturday, December 30 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM to ring in the Noon Year! Bring your family and enjoy crafts, games, Storytime and dance and sing your way to the Noon Year!

Find out more ➡https://statemuseumpa.org/event/noon-years/

Philadelphia, the Schuylkill River and the Expressway are the subjects of artist Francine Renee Schneider’s artwork, "Un...
12/01/2023

Philadelphia, the Schuylkill River and the Expressway are the subjects of artist Francine Renee Schneider’s artwork, "Underpass at 30th Street," Oil on canvas.

“Small snippets of time and space caught between night and day and often by the night itself continue to inspire me. The dance between man-made light and natural light look choreographed by something greater than the elements combined. My goal is to share the visual beauty of scenes of and by the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia but as importantly, to share with the viewer the feelings they evoke in my work.”

Hear more from the artist ➡ https://youtu.be/vM7QqCMO6b0

View the “Art of the State 2023” exhibition through Sunday, January 7, 2024.

Listen to a brief interview of artist Francine Renee Schneider finalist Art of the State 2023, West Chester, PA, "Underpass at 30th Street," Oil on canvas.In...

Cherry? Apple? Pumpkin? Peach? Which is your favorite? Amanda Smith baked her first pies for family, friends and charity...
12/01/2023

Cherry? Apple? Pumpkin? Peach? Which is your favorite?

Amanda Smith baked her first pies for family, friends and charity events in the kitchen of her Pottstown, Pennsylvania home. It was when her son, Robert Smith, convinced her to sell her prize-winning pies door to door, that a business was born. By 1930 he had opened four bakeries to sell the pies and the frozen ready-to-bake pies that most of us know, were introduced in 1952.

View this artifact on display with other Pennsylvania made products in the PA Icons exhibit on Floor 1.

https://5074.sydneyplus.com/Public/PHMC_ArgusNET/Portal/Portal.aspx?component=AAAL&record=c9021a0b-51b2-4b00-abec-90a3d8337748

Benjamin Franklin was a scientist, diplomat and statesman and inventor. Visit “Benjamin Franklin & Pennsylvania: 300 Yea...
11/30/2023

Benjamin Franklin was a scientist, diplomat and statesman and inventor. Visit “Benjamin Franklin & Pennsylvania: 300 Years” on Floor 1 to view artifacts inspired by Franklin’s many innovations, including a version of the Franklin Stove.

Invented in 1742, the original design was a freestanding, cast-iron wood-burning stove that radiated heat from the middle of the room in all directions. Over the years, the design has undergone various improvements to make it safer and more efficient.

On display through April 2024.
Plan your visit ➡ https://statemuseumpa.org/plan-your-visit/

Join us for a virtual Learn at Lunchtime program on Friday, December 15 at 12:15 PM as Adam Ianno, geochemist for the Pe...
11/30/2023

Join us for a virtual Learn at Lunchtime program on Friday, December 15 at 12:15 PM as Adam Ianno, geochemist for the Pennsylvania Geological Survey and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, takes us on a photographic tour of Presque Isle State Park to view “ice volcanoes.” These delicate, ice and sediment features resemble both basaltic spatter cone volcanoes and sand dunes. Learn how and where these unique and temporary features form.

Register for this free, virtual program ➡https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_22tcduV-QKeOIHYw_KtmRg #/registration

Add a Planetarium show to your next visit.  In "Two Small Pieces of Glass," two teenage students learn how the telescope...
11/29/2023

Add a Planetarium show to your next visit. In "Two Small Pieces of Glass," two teenage students learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the universe.

For ticket pricing and details ➡
https://statemuseumpa.org/planetarium/

Educational content designed for grade 4 and up.

Do you know in which diorama this bird is found? The ruffed grouse is found in population throughout the Commonwealth, h...
11/29/2023

Do you know in which diorama this bird is found? The ruffed grouse is found in population throughout the Commonwealth, has been Pennsylvania’s official state game bird since 1931, and is a year-round resident.

Visit Mammal Hall in person or view the exhibit online to find the grouse and other Pennsylvania animals ➡ https://www.exhibitstudiosmedia.com/tours/21471_mammal_hall/

Join us for Storytime on Friday, December 1 at 10:30 AM to read "How to Catch a Gingerbread Man" by Adam Wallace and And...
11/28/2023

Join us for Storytime on Friday, December 1 at 10:30 AM to read "How to Catch a Gingerbread Man" by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton. Follow along as the Gingerbread Man travels through the library and discovers some classic fairytales then decorate your own gingerbread man craft.

Storytime programs are designed for ages 3 to 5. The program is included with general admission to the museum, but space is limited and served on a first come basis.

State Museum Members! Arrive early and enjoy Members Only playtime in Curiosity Connection from 9:00 AM-10:00 AM!

Artist Autumn Wright states that her artwork is a product of close examination of natural objects, experimentation with ...
11/27/2023

Artist Autumn Wright states that her artwork is a product of close examination of natural objects, experimentation with new materials, and is informed by the history of scientific and private collecting. She engages themes centering on biology, microscopic and macroscopic systems, memory and iconography to create multi-media artwork about the natural world.

Learn more about her artwork, “Water and Air,” part of the “Art of the State 2023” exhibit now on view through Sunday, January 7, 2024 ➡https://youtu.be/mJC1lalA8f0

Listen to a brief interview of artist Autumn Wright finalist Art of the State 2023, York, PA, "Water and Air" Monotype, archival inkjet photograph, wax.Inter...

Explore "Continuum," a large-scale cast glass and stainless-steel installation, by artist Robin Stanaway on Thursday, No...
11/27/2023

Explore "Continuum," a large-scale cast glass and stainless-steel installation, by artist Robin Stanaway on Thursday, November 30 at 11:30 AM. This kinetic sculpture uses different elements working together to form a visual poem of Pennsylvania. Discover close looking and use your new knowledge and creativity to design your own movable work of art!

This family program is included with general admission.
https://statemuseumpa.org/event/moving-art/

Make a trip to the Museum Store at The State Museum of Pennsylvania today to get that gift for yourself or a friend. Cho...
11/26/2023

Make a trip to the Museum Store at The State Museum of Pennsylvania today to get that gift for yourself or a friend. Choose from educational and child-friendly toys, science kits, experiments, stuffed animals or books for adults and kids.

There is no museum admission fee required to visit the store.
Plan your visit ➡ https://statemuseumpa.org/plan-your-visit/

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to recognize Native cultures and the contributions of Native people t...
11/25/2023

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to recognize Native cultures and the contributions of Native people to American history and society. Begun in 1916 as a single day celebration, it has since expanded to an entire month.

These projectile points, used for hunting animals and preparing food, were recovered from the West Water Street site (36Cn175) in Lock Haven, Clinton County during excavations for a new levee system. These points represent thousands of years of Native American technology and innovation, dating from the Late Archaic Period (4850 BP-6850 BP) through the Middle Woodland Period (1000 BP-2400 BP). Read more about the West Water Street site ➡ https://bit.ly/3MX72no

Learn more about Native American Heritage Month ➡ https://www.nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/

Artist Amanda D'Agostino finds inspiration in nature. “My garden is an endless inspiration to me as an artist. Whether i...
11/24/2023

Artist Amanda D'Agostino finds inspiration in nature. “My garden is an endless inspiration to me as an artist. Whether it be dormant blackberry canes throwing shadows on late winter snow or bright dogwood blossoms thriving in the spring, I strive to capture the feeling I have when observing these natural beauties.”

Hear more about her inspiration for "Dogwood Reverie," part of “Art of the State 2023.” ➡https://youtu.be/QezbEHhdDIQ

View the exhibition through Sunday, January 7, 2024.

Listen to a brief interview of artist Amanda D'Agostino finalist Art of the State 2023, New Ringgold, PA, "Dogwood Reverie" Oil on gessoed board.Interview wa...

Do some   shopping in our Museum Store! Pick up a special “Pennsylvania” something at the museum store for yourself or a...
11/24/2023

Do some shopping in our Museum Store! Pick up a special “Pennsylvania” something at the museum store for yourself or a friend. Choose from unique products, books, toys, games and souvenirs related to Pennsylvania and the museum's exhibits.

There is no museum admission fee required to visit the store.
Plan your visit ➡ https://statemuseumpa.org/plan-your-visit/

Although we are closed today, you can make plans to visit the museum on Friday, Saturday or Sunday! Visit the "Art of th...
11/23/2023

Although we are closed today, you can make plans to visit the museum on Friday, Saturday or Sunday! Visit the "Art of the State 2023" exhibition, see a Planetarium show, let the kids play in Curiosity Connection or view the animals in Mammal Hall. There is so much to do and see!

Plan your visit ➡ https://statemuseumpa.org/

The State Museum of Pennsylvania will be closed on Thursday, November 23, 2023.We will open for regular hours on Friday,...
11/22/2023

The State Museum of Pennsylvania will be closed on Thursday, November 23, 2023.

We will open for regular hours on Friday, November 24, 2023 and look forward to welcoming you!

Plan your visit ➡ https://statemuseumpa.org/plan-your-visit/

Shop and save at our Winter Store Sale on Friday, November 24 through Sunday, November 26! Choose from unique products, ...
11/22/2023

Shop and save at our Winter Store Sale on Friday, November 24 through Sunday, November 26! Choose from unique products, books, and souvenirs related to Pennsylvania and the museum's exhibits. Pick up a special “Pennsylvania” something at the museum store for yourself or a friend.

There is no museum admission fee required to visit the store.
Plan your visit ➡ https://statemuseumpa.org/plan-your-visit/

Save the date! Join us on Saturday, December 30 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM to ring in the Noon Year! Bring your family an...
11/21/2023

Save the date! Join us on Saturday, December 30 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM to ring in the Noon Year! Bring your family and enjoy crafts, games, Storytime and dance and sing your way to the Noon Year!

Find out more ➡https://statemuseumpa.org/event/noon-years/

Textile artist Andrea Finch allows the fabric to "speak through texture, color and design."“I create my art to show aspe...
11/20/2023

Textile artist Andrea Finch allows the fabric to "speak through texture, color and design."

“I create my art to show aspects of the natural world...with intense dives into nature from a botanical perspective using natural and sometimes unconventional colors that only the bees can see.”

Hear what inspired her to create “Magnolia Grandiflora VIII: Fitzgerald the Seed, 2021,” part of the “Art of the State 2023” exhibition on display through Sunday, January 7, 2024.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKNwVWHWoVM

Listen to a brief interview of artist Andrea Finch finalist Art of the State 2023, Chambersburg, PA, "Magnolia Grandiflora VIII: Fitzgerald the Seed" Quilted...

When you hear that distinctive gobble, gobble sound, you know that a turkey is nearby. Turkeys are found throughout Penn...
11/20/2023

When you hear that distinctive gobble, gobble sound, you know that a turkey is nearby. Turkeys are found throughout Pennsylvania’s forests, and sometimes we even see them in our backyards.

Bring the family to learn more about the Eastern wild turkey in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, November 22 at 11:30 AM or Friday, November 24 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

https://statemuseumpa.org/event/turkey/2023-11-22/

Get ready to shop and save at our Winter Store Sale on Friday, November 24 through Sunday, November 26! Pick up a specia...
11/19/2023

Get ready to shop and save at our Winter Store Sale on Friday, November 24 through Sunday, November 26! Pick up a special “Pennsylvania” something at the museum store for yourself or a friend. Choose from unique products, books, and souvenirs related to Pennsylvania and the museum's exhibits.

There is no museum admission fee required to visit the store.
Plan your visit ➡ https://statemuseumpa.org/plan-your-visit/

  in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech in Gettysburg to dedicate the new National Cemetery. Years later...
11/19/2023

in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech in Gettysburg to dedicate the new National Cemetery. Years later, artist Violet Oakley (1874-1861) created studies in pencil and charcoal of Lincoln for the Senate Chamber Mural, "The Gettysburg Address, 1863," at the Pennsylvania State Capitol.

View these sketches and other artifacts related to the Gettysburg Address in the museum’s online collection ➡https://bit.ly/3QDEl04

As part of Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC), The State Museum of Pennsylvania participates in Museums ...
11/18/2023

As part of Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC), The State Museum of Pennsylvania participates in Museums for All, a signature access program of the Association of Children’s Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Services aimed at encouraging families to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits. PHMC is committed to making sure everyone can experience the best that its state-operated museums have to offer at the most affordable prices.

This program enables low-income families to explore Pennsylvania’s rich history and culture by visiting The State Museum of Pennsylvania for a fee of $2 per person with the presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and identification. This offer is for general admission only and excludes special programs or events.

View details and plan your visit ➡ https://statemuseumpa.org/

Are you a homeschooling family looking for weekday education activities? Or maybe you are searching for a Storytime prog...
11/18/2023

Are you a homeschooling family looking for weekday education activities? Or maybe you are searching for a Storytime program for your toddler. Perhaps you are looking for weekend activities to do with the family. Let us help!

Sign up for our education resource email to receive information on programs at the museum sent directly to your inbox every month ➡https://bit.ly/464z5rU

Anne Mitchell Reid is a tapestry weaver and pastel artist. “I am from Scotland, so sea, sky and landscape are favorite s...
11/17/2023

Anne Mitchell Reid is a tapestry weaver and pastel artist. “I am from Scotland, so sea, sky and landscape are favorite subjects. In recent work I have been “painting” using mohair, and brushing it to mimic brush strokes, and to let the viewer “experience” the mist and the skies.”

Hear more about her artwork, "Green Pastures, Beside Still Waters."
https://youtu.be/77Oj8VGSgnA

View the “Art of the State 2023” exhibition through Sunday, January 7, 2024.

Listen to a brief interview of artist Anne Mitchell Reid finalist Art of the State 2023, Spring City, PA, "Green Pastures, Beside Still Waters" Woven tapestr...

Take a break during your museum visit to create a work of art, read a book, play a game or examine fossils in the hands-...
11/17/2023

Take a break during your museum visit to create a work of art, read a book, play a game or examine fossils in the hands-on spaces on Floor 1 and Floor 3. There is something to do for kids of all ages. Sit, relax or play as long as you like!

Plan your visit ➡ https://statemuseumpa.org/plan-your-visit/

Do you ever think about the buttons on your clothing? The people of the past sure did! Long before the invention of the ...
11/16/2023

Do you ever think about the buttons on your clothing? The people of the past sure did! Long before the invention of the zipper, buttons not only served to keep clothing securely in place, but they were used as objects of fashion and symbols of wealth.

Easily lost, buttons are a common find on historic-period archaeological sites. These shell, bone, and metal buttons were found in excavations conducted by The State Museum of Pennsylvania at Fort Hunter in Dauphin County. Their various size, shape, and material all provide clues as to the type of clothing each button was attached to. Their method of manufacture also helps archaeologists date the soil deposits from which they were recovered.

Read more about these buttons in “This Week in Archaeology” ➡https://bit.ly/49uWcia



Photo of 18th Century Buttons: (Left to right:) Shell, Wood, Brass, Gilt Tombac Crown, Tombac, Brass, Silver-plated Copper (Photo by PHMC)

Discover three stories of integration in Pennsylvania during the Civil Right movement. Visit “A Place for All: Three Sto...
11/16/2023

Discover three stories of integration in Pennsylvania during the Civil Right movement. Visit “A Place for All: Three Stories of Integration in Pennsylvania” on Floor 1. This exhibit highlights the courage of those who sought to end racial segregation.

A Story of Bravery: Integrating Pittsburgh’s Public Pools
The effort to desegregate Pittsburgh’s public swimming pools in the early 1950s, led by civil rights leader Rev. LeRoy Patrick.

A Story of Strength: The Myers Family Moves to Levittown
The integration of the all-white community of Levittown in 1957, following the arrival of William and Daisy Myers, its first Black residents.

A Story of Resilience: The Desegregation of Girard College
The decades-long battle to integrate Girard College, a struggle that intensified in 1965 under the leadership of NAACP chief Cecil B. Moore and culminated with the admission of the first African American student to the previously all-white Philadelphia boarding school for orphans.

Plan your visit ➡www.statemuseumpa.org

It is not too late to sign up for this month’s Learn at Lunchtime program to learn more about Edwin Drake, the history o...
11/15/2023

It is not too late to sign up for this month’s Learn at Lunchtime program to learn more about Edwin Drake, the history of Drake Well and its connection to the modern petroleum industry as we talk to museum educator Sarah Goodman on Friday, November 17 at 12:15 PM.

Register for this free virtual program➡ https://statemuseumpa.org/event/virtual-drake/

Dots, dots, and more dots. Bring the kids on Saturday, November 18 at 10:30 AM for a Storytime reading of "the dot" by a...
11/15/2023

Dots, dots, and more dots. Bring the kids on Saturday, November 18 at 10:30 AM for a Storytime reading of "the dot" by author Peter H. Reynolds, learn more about the use of dots in artwork and create art using dots.

Storytime programs are designed for ages 3 to 5. The program is included with general admission to the museum, but space is limited and served on a first come basis.

State Museum Members! Arrive early and enjoy Members Only playtime in Curiosity Connection from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM!
https://statemuseumpa.org/events/

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